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Well, What Kind of Reader *Am* I?

Which I found because I happened to wander onto sovay's site, after wandering onto seajules' site, because telophase had mentioned seajules ...

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
Non-Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?

I had to fake one question ... they ask you to choose among "groups of books," and I hadn't read all of any one group!

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smillaraaq
Oct. 20th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Non-Reader
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
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I guess it's a fair cop, at least on the insane-and-obsessive-compulsive bits. ;)
chomiji
Oct. 22nd, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)

See, you've clearly been better about reading your classics and such than I have!

smillaraaq
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Not by much -- if that one had been less Mark Twain and Bronte and Dickens and, say, more Austen and Henry James and Wharton, I'd have been fudging like crazy too! My reading's generally been self-directed and scattershot, so there are all sorts of obscurities I've wallowed in deeply, and classics I've never done more than glance at.
sovay
Oct. 22nd, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
(Here by way of self-centered Googling . . .) I approve of your journal name. Also your icon on general principle, although the fact that it appears to contain Shigure from Fruits Basket doesn't hurt either.
chomiji
Oct. 22nd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)

Yes, it's definitely Shigure! He's my favorite character in FB, although Hatsuharu is a close second.

You are the first person to have recognized the journal name (or at least, to mention having recognized it!). It's not that surprising that you would: I've wandered onto your site a few times before, through the LJ "Interests" feature, and there's a pretty good overlap between our interest lists. Though I didn't know you read manga ... .

sovay
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
He's my favorite character in FB

Same; Hatori is my second.

You are the first person to have recognized the journal name (or at least, to mention having recognized it!).

Two of the earliest books I can remember reading are The Lives of Christopher Chant and Howl's Moving Castle. I should hope I'd recognize it!

(I actually read neither Deep Secret nor The Merlin Conspiracy until this June; I think they had slipped under my radar at some point and I'd never gone back to catch up. But eventually I made amends . . .)

I've wandered onto your site a few times before, through the LJ "Interests" feature, and there's a pretty good overlap between our interest lists.

I should have run into you before now, because you also read several people who aren't on my interest list: Alan Garner, Cordwainer Smith, Rosemary Sutcliff; although my familiarity with James H. Schmitz is limited to The Universe Against Her and The Telzey Toy. Do you read Elizabeth E. Wein?

Though I didn't know you read manga ...

At this point only Saiyuki and Fruits Basket, which I love; courtesy of rushthatspeaks and gaudior. But I am gladly taking recommendations.
chomiji
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)

>> Elizabeth E. Wein <<:

No, but I just looked her up online, and those look great! How did I not know about them? I'll have to see if the little bookstore near the office has any ... barring that, I'll order online.

How about your having read Martha Wells?

For manga, you might like Mushishi, which I just blogged a week or so ago. It's not that it's like either Saiyuki (which is awesome!) or Furuba, but it just seems to go with some of your other fiction favorites - it's very odd and atmospheric and dreamlike. (I usually rec Samurai Deeper Kyo to anyone who's already a heavy manga reader, but it's a huge series and starts off slowly.) Blade of the Immortal is also very good, but it is quite grisly.

I like Hatori quite a lot, and the real me would probably like a person like him much better than Hatsuharu. But Hatsuharu has a quirky, off-center passion to his personality that I enjoy very much in fiction.

How did you like Deep Secret? It's one of my favorites (as you might guess), along with Fire and Hemlock and The Homeward Bounders.

sovay
Oct. 22nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
No, but I just looked her up online, and those look great!

She is brilliant (and bitten by The Owl Service at an early age . . .). The Winter Prince is one of my solstitial books.

How about your having read Martha Wells?

Not at all: so now I have a new author to look into. Thanks!

How did you like Deep Secret? It's one of my favorites (as you might guess), along with Fire and Hemlock and The Homeward Bounders.

I am not sure it will become one of my permanent returns, like the two I mentioned before or A Tale of Time City—although I am with you on Fire and Hemlock—but I liked it very much. It was oddly closer to A Sudden Wild Magic than almost any of her other books; Rupert Venables was a surprisingly complex narrator, perhaps because he was so low-key about it, and he and Maree were one of the few romantic pairings I could see on the horizon of the story and actively thought would work. I guessed a fair number of identities from the setup. But extra, extra points for building the other/underworld out of the "Lyke-Wake Dirge"—including the whin-moor and the clothes given away—and conflating it with "How many miles to Babylon?" I loved that very much. And the science fiction convention was awesome.
chomiji
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)

>> The Owl Service <<

That is such a gorgeous (and deeply scary) book! Of course I so wanted Gwyn to save the day, and yet it's so right that Roger does. The moment where he looks up at the end and says "Hello, Ali" usually blows me away so much that I get teary-eyed.

That's an interesting observation about Rupert. My feeling about him is that he's very intelligent and highly educated - "book smart" - but probably very naive and unreflective about his own emotional side. But because he's a trained observer, the things he notes down - especially when viewed in light of Maree's bits of the story - let us know more about his feelings that he himself does. Does that make sense?

Jones is mostly very down-to-earth about romance!

I'm going to need to buy the first few volumes of that Wein series from one of the used book services, but buy them I will. I can see that I need to be monitoring the review services that do children's lit much more carefully. I'd got into the habit of depending on the folks at the Diana Wynne Jones mailing list for those sorts of recommendations, but they seem to have missed Wein (and I've fallen behind on that list since I've become more active on LJ).

sovay
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Does that make sense?

Yes; it's what I mean by low-key. He doesn't comment on or even, in some cases, seem to notice his own complications, which makes him not quite an unreliable narrator, but one worth keeping an eye on.

Jones is mostly very down-to-earth about romance!

Yes, but she has also written some romances—most notably for me in Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin—that I can see working in the future, but at present on the page must be taken on faith. Rupert and Maree visibly work, which I like.

I'd got into the habit of depending on the folks at the Diana Wynne Jones mailing list for those sorts of recommendations, but they seem to have missed Wein (and I've fallen behind on that list since I've become more active on LJ).

I should then point you in the direction of Firebird, which is responsible for many awesome books (including not a little Diana Wynne Jones). Blame Sharyn November.
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